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New Players Join Fijiana

Fans can expect some new faces in the Telecom Fijiana squad as coach Iliesa Tanivula has identified some new players. The Fiji Bitter Marist 7s not only showcased the national
31 Mar 2017 10:30
New Players Join Fijiana
Telecom Fijian 7s squad (From left):Talica Vodo,Merewai Cumu,Raijeli Davena,Ana Maria Naimasi,Priscilla Siata,Miriama Naiobasali,Asinate Savu,Alowesi Nakoci during training at the HPU gym yesterday.Photo:Vilimoni Vaganalau.

Fans can expect some new faces in the Telecom Fijiana squad as coach Iliesa Tanivula has identified some new players.

The Fiji Bitter Marist 7s not only showcased the national reps in their respective teams, but it displayed some talented players who are capable of representing the country.

Along with Esiteri Bulikiobo, two more players have been identified along with other young hopefuls to be part of the training squad.

Tanivula said bringing new faces will lift the competition among the players.

“There are two other girls who are working on their release from work and hopefully they will join us in camp next week,” Tanivula said.

“It is exciting and hopefully more interest comes in because it lifts the intensity of competition within the squad.

“The Marist 7s has been a huge plus for the girls. It created game awareness and fitness because the girls do not get a lot of game time.

“But the Marist 7s was the platform for the girls to play in different situations and how best they can deal with those situations is important.

“It has been a huge learning experience for everyone, the more games these girls play the better their game awareness will be. And once they get into the Women Sevens Series their knowledge on how to deal with certain situations is on point and will be nothing new to them.”

Sitting in fourth place on the series standings, Tanivula believes the potential and talent is there. But they just need to be consistent in everything they do to make sure they either maintain that fourth spot or do one better.

“If we can be consistent and stay up there or get one better than staying at fourth place that would be huge for the girls,” he said.

“Conditioning, diet and our strength conditioning is very important for the girls and we just need to assess them every time we come back from the tournament.

“The preparations and the response from the girls have been good, we have done a lot over the last three weeks and we march into camp next week.

Fiji will leave for Japan on April 12. They are in Pool B with Australia, Ireland and Brazil.

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